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Polarity: polarity

Polarity in Russian is a feature of verbs, adjectives, adverbs and nouns used to express negation. Negation in Russian is done both by using the bound morpheme не- and an independent negating particle (equivalent to English “not”). Words that can take the morpheme/particle of negation have the feature of negativeness.

It applies to verbs, adjectives, sometimes also adverbs and even nouns. (Most nouns have just Polarity=Pos; deverbative nouns can have also Polarity=Neg.)

Note that Polaritye=Neg is not the same thing as PronType=Neg. For pronouns and other pronominal parts of speech there is no such binary opposition as for verbs and adjectives. (There is no such thing as “affirmative pronoun”.)

Pos: positive, affirmative


Neg: negative


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